I can’t think of a better way to start the day than with this pear porridge. It’s getting a little colder and that might mean getting out of bed is a little harder, but if you’re looking for some motivation to begin your day, a warm bowl of this porridge is the perfect recipe to get your day off to the best start ever.
• 1 tablespoon honey • 1 teaspoon white miso paste (or to taste) • 1-1/2 tablespoons butter • 2 ripe pears, halved and cored • 1 cup rolled oats • 2 teaspoons chia seeds • 2 cups milk of your choice • 1 teaspoon cinnamon • Pinch of salt
1 In a warm pan, combine honey, miso, and butter to make caramel. 2 Place pears in caramel and cook for 10 minutes on medium-low until pears soften. 3 Add porridge ingredients to a separate pan and simmer gently, stirring frequently, until desired consistency. 4 Serve together and garnish with yogurt, pumpkin seeds, or toppings of your choice.
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The way we eat has changed the planet. In this simple idea, which few of us consider when we go to the grocery store, lies immense hope for the future—if we pay attention. On the medical front a large number of people accept the notion, once thought of as a fringe belief, that “you are what you eat.” The decisions you make today about what you eat will have a huge impact in your future health. Food plays a decisive factor in modern lifestyle diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and all the damaging side effects related to the epidemic of obesity in this country.
The next step in our growing awareness expands on the same idea. The next bite you take adds to the health of planet Earth or pushes it a tiny step toward deterioration. Unconscious eating is bad for the environment. Conscious eating puts the planet on the road to renewal and wellness.
We can heal the environment by thinking from the ground up, quite literally. The health of soils around the world is essential to keeping the entire planet in balance. This truth has dawned with the rise of the word “microbiome,” which is gaining wide circulation. The microbiome is comprised of the genetic material of all microorganisms (bacteria, fungi and viruses) in a specific place, such as the human gut, in the soil, in water, or on the skin. Each local microbiome is intricately connected to other microbiomes, thereby linking all living organisms together.
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